What the heck is the deal with Netflix? Last year, the streaming service delivered ‘The Christmas Chronicles’ starring a totally hunked-up Kurt Russell, turning Father Christmas into a total Daddy. This year, they’re delivering another beefcake Santa, this time in animated form in the origin story ‘Klaus’. (This Santa looks a lot like the one from ‘Rise of the Guardians‘, if you recall that Dreamworks release.) These are not thoughts anyone should be having about Santa Claus, and that goes double for you, Monica Gellar! What is Netflix trying to do?!
(In case you need a refresher– for your thirst– of Russell in ‘The Christmas Chronicle’, here it is…)
As for ‘Klaus’:
The animated film follows Jesper (voiced by Jason Schwartzman), who is known as the postal academy’s worst student. Due to his status, he is stationed on a frozen island above the Arctic Circle where the feuding locals barely interact. Jesper is about to give up when he befriends local teacher Alva (Rashida Jones) and Klaus (J.K. Simmons), a mysterious carpenter who lives alone in a cabin full of handmade toys. The unlikely friendships return laughter to Smeerensburg and forge a new legacy of generous neighbors, magical traditions and Christmas spirit.
Joining Schwartzman, Jones, and Simmons are Joan Cusack, Norm Macdonald, and Will Sasso.
Here is the trailer:
It would appear that Netflix hopes that ‘Klaus’ can qualify for the Academy Awards in the Best Animated Feature category because ‘Klaus’ will be released in theaters on November 8, 2019, a week before it becomes available to stream, on November 15. Many feel movies made for streaming services are only “TV movies” and shouldn’t be eligible for the major awards given to theatrical movies. So Netflix releases certain movies in theaters for a limited time. (‘Klaus’, for instance, will only appear in theaters one week before the streaming release.)
Does this look like a film you want to make part of your holiday traditions?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter